MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., was made to host big things, and it doesn't get any bigger than the Super Bowl. The game isn't just the culmination of the NFL season; it's also the biggest spectacle and money-making event in sports.
Now that we know the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the game itself, the details associated with everything else related to the event can get some attention.
Let's look at the particulars.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:25 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Broncos -2.5, per Vegas Insider
Over/Under: 48, per CBS Sports
The Stadium and Weather
MetLife Stadium is the regular-season home of the New York Jets and New York Giants. Despite opening just under four years ago, it is already the mecca of the football world—at least it will be on Feb. 2.
Per the stadium's website, the $1.6 billion facility is 2.1 million square feet. It holds 82,500 people for football games and has more than 200 suites. See what I mean about being made to host big things?
For the first time in Super Bowl history, snow is at least a possibility during the game. Potential cold temperatures could impact ticket sales says Darren Rovell of ESPN:
Location, as in the individual and corporate wealth that exists in the area, and fear of bad winter weather in the first cold-weather Super Bowl are why suites have commanded premiums of $350,000 each. But those who can't afford cover and heat, and instead have a cold seat, might help to deflate a market that is on pace to set Super Bowl ticket-market records.
This is a factor the NFL Super Bowl committee accepted when it chose to award East Rutherford the game. As evidenced by the snowflake in the logo for the committee shown in this tweet from Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, it is a potential reality that is being embraced.
The official Super Bowl XLVIII logo, featuring the George Washington Bridge (no traffic) and one lone snowflake ... pic.twitter.com/QCwsTPiq— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 27, 2011
Per Accuweather.com, the temperatures should be around 18 degrees during the game, but there is little-to-no chance of snow or rain.
However, as we know, things can change. Stay tuned.
With the city as a backdrop to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the logo looks geographically relevant and regal. You really can't ask for more out of the concept.
Halftime Show Rumors
We know there will be two dynamic acts performing during halftime. The show is sponsored by Pepsi and will feature Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, per NFL.com. The soulful Mars being joined by rock legends like RHCP should provide an eclectic and entertaining show.
Who are you most excited to see perform?
For last year's game, details of Beyonce's performance were kept under wraps until close to game time. Ultimately, it was learned that she would be joined by her former group, Destiny's Child.
It turned out awesome. And as much as I love Beyonce, (in my Kanye voice) I'm not trying be rude, but Kelly Rowland had the best performance of the year. Have mercy.
This year, no such rumors are circulating, but Mars did joke that he might have to alter his performance attire. Per the Associated Press (h/t Billboard.com), Mars said:
I'm going to wear a beekeeper suit, I don't know. I'm not going to know until I get there ... I'm not trying to hype myself up too much.
I know it's going to be cold and I just got to face it.
Speaking of attire, because of the temperatures, it seems safe to assume the RHCP will wear more than the "third sock" (partially nude images in video) to this performance.
No matter how it goes, it should be a memorable show.
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